State law requires citizens to notify the SCFC before burning yard debris. Find your county's toll-free burn notification number here.
Media seeking information about fires should contact Director of Communications Doug Wood at (803) 968-1576 or Public Information Coordinator Justin Holt at (803) 360-2231.


Hurricane Dorian Impact
Hurricane Dorian's impact on SC's forest resource

Hurricane Dorian caused minimal damage to South Carolina’s forestland, the only instances of which were highly localized and characterized by very light impact.
Aerial surveillance by Forestry Commission personnel along the coastline confirms that impacts from the storm were minor and isolated. Even thinned stands withstood the storm very well; the most significant impact recorded during post-storm flights was the persistence of standing water in Horry County, which was expected.



Register now for our Certified Prescribed Fire Manager course
Forestry Commission conducting four classes around the state

Land managers who conduct outdoor burning can reduce their liability by becoming Certified Prescribed Fire Managers. The one-day course teaches managers how to plan prescribed burns that comply with South Carolina Smoke Management Guidelines.  These regulations are mandatory for all forestry, wildlife and agricultural burning in South Carolina.  

The course is not intended to teach individuals how to burn, but rather how to manage smoke from prescribed fires under these regulations and create awareness of legal issues associated with outdoor burning.

Certification requires that an individual complete this training, pass a written exam, and document one’s burning experience.  Each session will begin at 8:30 am, and close by 5:00 pm with an administered test.


2019 seedling price guide
2019 Seedling Price Guide now available!

The South Carolina Forestry Commission is proud to partner with commercial seedling provider ArborGen on the production, sales and delivery of forest tree seedlings for SC landowners. Under this partnership, the Forestry Commission will determine seedling production for up to 5 million seedlings annually, with 3.34 million seedlings to be grown in 2019-2020. The prices in this guide will only apply to the first 100,000 seedlings ordered each year by qualified landowners for seedlings to be planted in South Carolina.
When placing your order, be sure to state if the seedlings are to be planted in South Carolina.


Forest Trees Of SC

Get your copy of our new "Forest Trees of SC" tree ID manual!

The South Carolina Forestry Commission is proud to present to the citizens of South Carolina this updated 180-page edition of the agency’s native forest tree identification manual, originally produced in 2003.
This greatly improved guide represents a significant upgrade to its predecessor in scope and detail; in addition to replacing one-color line drawings of trees and their identifying characteristics with full-color photographs, we have added more than a dozen native species than appeared in the first edition, added an illustrated guide to tree and leaf anatomy, incorporated range maps for every species and included many more anecdotal and characteristic keys to identifying South Carolina’s native trees.

Soft-bound copies of the book may be purchased directly from the SC Forestry Commission for $20.

Invasive Species Guide
Check out our new guide to Invasive Species

To celebrate and help raise awareness about National Invasive Species Awareness Week (Feb. 25-March 3), we've produced a guide to some of the most common and problematic invasive species encountered in our state’s forests. Infestations of invasive plants and animals have an enormous impact, as they don't have natural predators and can quickly take over the landscape. As a result, they can also negatively affect property values, agricultural productivity, public utility operations, native fisheries, tourism, outdoor recreation, and the overall health of an ecosystem, costing more than $120 billion in damages every year.
Learn how to spot some of the most common invasive species and what you can do to prevent them from spreading.

SE Partnership
Southeastern Partnership For Forests & Water

The critical link between forestland and clean water is coming into clearer focus with two separate projects underway across the state. The Lower Savannah Watershed Project is providing outreach and education to the community in the Lower Savannah Watershed on the important connection between healthy, managed forestland and clean drinking water supplies.

Likewise, the Lake Wateree Watershed Summit that's just kicking off will provide information on conservation easements and cost-share programs that help landowners in the Lake Wateree watershed to keep their land in forests and managed well.

Think before you burn
It's wildfire season... Think Before You Burn!

Late winter and early spring is prime time for wildfires in South Carolina. In the Palmetto State, more wildfires occur between January and April than at any other time of year. While lightning and other natural causes contribute to some of this uptick in fire activity, unfortunately most of our state's wildfires are started by humans. In fact, escaped debris burns are the number one cause of wildfires across most of the South and especially here in South Carolina. Please watch our educational video about making proper notification of debris burning AND taking the proper precautions to keep your fire contained.


Forestry has $21 billion impact on South Carolina’s economy

Forestry Commission officials announced the economic impact of the state’s forestry sector in grand fashion Wednesday, April 26, unveiling a large backdrop depicting the industry’s $21 billion contribution to the state’s economy.
The new economic impact figure, revealed in the findings of a Clemson University study commissioned by several forestry organizations, was disclosed at a press conference on the State House grounds as a part of “Forestry Day,” as proclaimed by Gov. McMaster. The occasion was also a celebration of the Forestry Commission’s 90th anniversary, which was founded nine decades ago to the day. A tree-planting ceremony on the State House grounds was held after the press conference.



Current Wildland Fires in South Carolina

Current Burning Notifications

Today's Fire Weather

Firewise USA™ Recognition Program

Recent Presentations

Seedlings for Sale

Current Timber Price Reports

Current State Land Timber Sales - Upcoming timber sales on state owned forestland.

Purchase Recreation Permits Online (opens in a new window)


Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

Accountability Report and related reports

Forests of South Carolina, 2017 (pdf)

Economic Impact Analysis of SC's Forestry Sector, 2017 (pdf)

Forests of South Carolina, 2016 (pdf) USFS

State of South Carolina's Forests Fact Sheet (pdf)

Forest Products Fact Sheet (pdf)

Economic Impact of SC Forests -Analysis (pdf)

Forestry Impact by Numbers (pdf)

Southeastern Partnership for Forests and Water Initiative

South Carolina's Forested Acreage by County (pdf)

SC Forest Inventory and Analysis 2012
(pdf) Tables (pdf)

SC Timber Products Output and Use, 2013

State Forest Sustainable Commitment Statement (pdf)

South Carolina Forestry's 2015 Project

South Carolina Forest Resource Assessment (Forest Action Plan)

Primary Forest Industry Directory - list of all wood and paper manufacturing industries in the state.

Income Tax Deduction for Timber Casualty Loss (pdf)

Tax Tips for Forest Landowners (pdf)

Federal Income Tax on Timber: A Key to Your Most Frequently Asked Questions (opens in a new window)

A Landowners Guide to Forestry in South Carolina - (pdf)

Ignition-resistant Landscaping and Construction Techniques (pdf)

Forestry Commission's Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Annual Report (pdf)


Employment Opportunities (opens in a new window)

How to Report a Wildfire

How to Report Woods Arson

If you have any Questions? Check our Frequently Asked Questions page or simply email us.


The mission of the South Carolina Forestry Commission is to protect, promote, enhance, and nurture the forest lands of South Carolina in a manner consistent with achieving the greatest good for its citizens.

Responsibilities extend to all forest lands, both rural and urban, and to all associated forest values and amenities including, but not limited to, timber, wildlife, water quality, air quality, soil protection, recreation, and aesthetics.

SC State Government Home Page

South Carolina Forestry Commission
5500 Broad River Road
Columbia, SC 29212
Phone: 803-896-8800
Fax: 803-798-8097

The South Carolina Forestry Commission and the USDA Forest Service prohibit discrimination in all programs and activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. To file a complaint of discrimination with the SC Forestry Commission contact the Human Resources Director, SC Forestry Commission, P.O. Box 21707, Columbia, SC 29221, or call (803)896-8879.
Both the USDA and the Forestry Commission are equal opportunity providers and employers.

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